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Introducing Leanban: The 3rd Generation of Lean-Agile for the Team

March 16, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Leanban was created as an answer to the following challenges we’ve seen in many organizations:

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Time To Abandon Agile?

March 15, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

It depends on what you mean by Agile. 

Net Objectives has been promoting Agile methods for the 17+ years of its existence.  Although we started by focusing on effective software development using design patterns and object-orientation, it was less than a year that we realized that developing code is not our real problem.  eXtreme Programming, Scrum and the Agile manifesto expanded our view to the entire team level.  This, unfortunately, soon proved to be insufficient for clients wanting to transform more than a few teams.

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The New View of Lean-Agile Software Development

February 27, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Lean has been described in many different ways.  The view I am promoting here is specifically for Lean being applied to software development.  This is quite different than when Lean is applied to problems in the physical world such as manufacturing and product development.  Software has unique challenges and they require a different method of applying the Lean mindset and principles.

Lean can be thought of as a combination of mindset (belief system), principles used for guidance and practices. 

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The Emperor and The Empress Have No Clothes

February 25, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Doubt is uncomfortable. Certainty is ridiculous. Voltaire

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are two things one hears from Agile consultants all the time:

  • No one size fits all
  • Start with a set of practices and evolve into thinking for yourself

Yet, very few live by these maxims. 

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What to consider when attempting to improve your methods

February 18, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

As a consultant I get to see dozens ­of Lean-Agile transitions a year.  Unfortunately, I notice that the implications of systems-thinking is not only lost on most companies, but on most consultants as well.   Local optimization efforts such as a focus on Agile teams while ignoring portfolio management or assuming a bottom up team-to-team approach can work are fairly ineffective.  The resulting frustration often leads companies to try to throw money at the solution – either hiring more people or coaches.   However, without a systems-t

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Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Guy Beaver
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Transitioning to Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe
Israel Gat
Business and Strategy Development, DevOps, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum
Jim Trott
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Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Marc Danziger
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Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile